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Perception Is Everything, Daniel D. Shea Jan 2018

Perception Is Everything, Daniel D. Shea

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

A good story has the ability to transport the reader/listener/viewer to another

place. When done right, storytelling can be the greatest escape from the world. In this

thesis, I detail my journey from listener, to lover, to learner and creator of stories.

The primary story I follow is a piece I created entitled, Perception is Everything.

Inspired by the William Blake quote, “If the doors of perception were cleansed every

thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all

things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern,” this story ...


The Dreamer: An Examination Of Chinese Philosophical Concepts And Audience Through Animation, Fei Xue Jan 2016

The Dreamer: An Examination Of Chinese Philosophical Concepts And Audience Through Animation, Fei Xue

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This document accompanies the MFA thesis exhibition “The Dreamer: An Examination of Chinese philosophical concepts through animation” that took place between May 12th- 19th, 2016 in the College of Design Gallery 181 in Ames, Iowa. The exhibition was categorized into four sections: animation, textile projection, process work, and script installation. Various influences from philosophical, artistic, psychological areas of the body of the artwork were described and analyzed. The process of the whole animation was also identified.

The intention of this written component is to provide commentaries on the history, development and future of the Chinese philosophical and social norms. These ...


Genre, Justice & Quentin Tarantino, Eric Michael Blake Nov 2015

Genre, Justice & Quentin Tarantino, Eric Michael Blake

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The films of Quentin Tarantino have held a significant influence on modern cinema, and therefore on cinema studies. As such, studies on the social and philosophical implications of his work have appeared over the years, mostly in regards to content. However, with the exception of references to his use of cinematic violence, studies of his technique—i.e., his cinematic style—have been rare, and rarer still have been studies of the social implications that arise from the patterns of his style as well as those his subject matter.

The following thesis seeks to use the concept of Auteur Theory ...


Metaregionalism, Lyndsay Audra Nissen Jan 2015

Metaregionalism, Lyndsay Audra Nissen

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

I have coined the term MetaRegionalism to describe current art practices in the Midwest that are inspired in various ways by the forms, ideologies, and histories of Regionalism. One of the main concerns of the Depression-era Regionalist movement was to create art that reflected the values of American regional culture. The Regionalist movement was pervaded by ideas of conservation, preservation, and celebration of these localities. This paper concentrates on Regionalism in Iowa, drawing connections between it and the various current social, political and artistic expressions that I have deemed "MetaRegionalist", including my own work.

As my graduate thesis, the paper ...


Women In A Box, Hua Pan Jan 2015

Women In A Box, Hua Pan

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This thesis is the written component of the exhibition that was be held from March 26 through April 9, 2015 in the gallery of 203 Design On Main, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. "Women in a Box," the name of the thesis, explores the sexual imbalance and women's to-be-looked-at-ness in patriarchal society, and concerns how mass media construct beauty standards and sexual attractiveness and the impacts on women's identities. The artwork contains installations, pattern design, paintings, as well as video arts.

This writing component documents the inspiration and intention of the artist in creating the work. It also ...


Constructing Realities, Wyeth Lynch Jan 2014

Constructing Realities, Wyeth Lynch

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This document is the written component accompanying the Constructing Realities art exhibition. The five interactive digital art installations encourage participants to investigate various fundamental elements of photography. By exploring these component parts, a greater overall understanding of the power of photography over our perceived realities can be gained.

This document describes the artist's creative intention. Major historic and contemporary philosophic and artistic influences are identified and analyzed. Included are postmodern theories related to reality and contemporary interactive artists, in order to place and explain the exhibition's relevance. The themes and processes that were employed to create this exhibition ...


Playing House: Exploring Domesticity Gone Awry, Amanda Janette Hall Jan 2013

Playing House: Exploring Domesticity Gone Awry, Amanda Janette Hall

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This thesis is intended to further explore themes developed in the thesis exhibition entitled Playing House: Domesticity Gone Awry, on exhibition in Ames, Iowa from March 31 through April 9, 2013. A description of artistic process and themes are explored, as well as art historical references for the works. Hand-colored lithographs comprise the majority of the catalog, and are joined by modern renditions of traditional art of the home, such as embroidery and cross stitching. These methods and mediums are used to emphasize the gap between the way domesticity is viewed as an ideal, and the more ugly realism of ...


Painting Parisian Identity: Place And Subjectivity In Fin-De-Siecle Art, Chelsea Anne Watts Jan 2011

Painting Parisian Identity: Place And Subjectivity In Fin-De-Siecle Art, Chelsea Anne Watts

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

In this thesis I provide analysis of several nineteenth-century artworks in order to elucidate the connections between place and identity as expressed in visual representations of Paris. I utilize Bakhtin's idea of the dialogical as a means of identifying multiple subject positions that might be accessed by particular individuals who live in socially constructed spaces specific to fin-de-siècle Paris. I discuss the construction of three performed identities unique to nineteenth-century Paris: the Flâneur, the bohemian, and the primitivist. In each chapter I will parse out the social construction of the spaces where these identities existed and were performed, and ...